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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Introducing Emerson August Armstrong

Emerson August Armstrong was born Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 2:37pm.  Here's some quick info about him and his first few days.  This post will be followed by his birth story:

- He came 5 days late, just like his sister.

- He was 8lbs. 9oz. and 21.5" long at birth.

- When he was born he took one breath and then became unresponsive.  They cut his cord and rushed him to the warming table to work on him.  It turned out that he had a pneumothorax (basically, his lungs collapsed).  They aren't sure why since it usually happens when babies are premature or have an infection (which he did not).

- He spent the rest of his 3 day hospital stay in the NICU, in the "Very Low Birthweight" area.  He didn't actually need to be in the NICU after the first day and a half, but they didn't have room for him in the well baby nursery.

- He was, at various points, hooked up to a CPAP machine, Canula and IV.

- He couldn't breastfeed while he was hooked up to the CPAP machine, so we got a bit of a rough start with that.

- He has a long torso, long legs, long feet and long fingers.

- His middle name is August for a few reasons.  We liked the name to begin with, but not enough to use it as a first name and we like middle names that have significance.  The NICU he was in was called the August L. Jung NICU and I kept noticing the name each time I'd walk in to visit him.  Finally, I looked up the guy and found out that he was a pretty awesome guy.  He actually pioneered the NICU system in the Western US, starting with that very NICU at the U of U.  Basically, in my mind, he's responsible for my kid being alive AND he was a really great guy to boot.  As an added bonus, it turns out my great great grandfather was also named August.  And that's how he got his middle name.  Here's a link to some info about August L. Jung:

- So far, he is VERY chill.  He sleeps A LOT and barely cries.


  1. Yay! Congrats :) Great name. Looking forward to the birth story :)

  2. I didn't realize Emerson was that long. Gail was only 5 lbs 11 oz, 18 in. Becky was 5 lb 9 oz, 19 in. Mike was a little bigger, 6 lb 9 in. and 19 1/2 inches I think. Can't remember his. He was 6 days early.